Daily Updates – NaNoWriMo 2018 Week One

Hello humans! Rather than spamming you guys with a short blog post daily, I thought I’d update this one every day this week and then post it so you can all see how I’m progressing. I suppose this could also be a record of my descent into madness. Time will tell.

Bear in mind most of what I write is just word vomit. So take the sense of the favourite lines, rather than the actual words because I’ll fix all that in edits!

Thursday 1 November

I have started! Now, bearing in mind that I’m trying to finish an already started novel I have a bit of a head start, but I’m also writing somewhere near the middle (I tend to write skipping the boring bits). I’m writing cosy friendly domestic scenes at the moment before I get into the action and so far it’s going well. I’m very glad I planned out some of these additional characters in more detail because it’s informing the scene so much.

Worth the early start.

1916 words written. Total: 1916

Favourite line written:

“Your escapades at university are more for the pages of a penny dreadful than a news sheet, Jonas.” Greta said flatly.

“Or a list of offences in a courtroom,” Jack added.

Friday 2 November

Oof today was a little bit harder. I think I need to start ending on an exciting moment so that I have some momentum first thing. I’m not great at switching from one chapter to another. But hey, I’ve moved the plot along and there’s been a little bit of angst which I’m always here for. This section of the book is kind of talking about safe spaces and the families we make for ourselves which makes me happy and warm inside.

Powering through.

1812 words written. Total: 3728

Favourite line written:

“You’ve got great shoulders,” Thea remarked. Greta huffed a quiet laugh.

“It’s the shoulder pads, they absorb the worst of the body fluids.”

Saturday 3 November

Notoriously, I lose all momentum for a project as soon as the weekend hits, I fall out of my routine and I can’t write any more and by the time I’m one day behind I just give up. So, in the interest of accountability, I thought I’d tweet about when I was planning to write and (shock horror) it worked!

1755 words written. Total: 5485

Favourite line written:

It was the kind of smell that pulled itself down your nose and settled in the pit of your stomach. It was the kind of smell that made you wonder if a person could live on smell alone. It was the kind of smell that made your stomach rumble and before you know it you’re walking down the rest of the street with a meat pasty in your hand that you weren’t intending to buy.

Sunday 4 November

I slept in this morning and it was blissful, then, once emerged from a blanket cocoon, I set up a new blanket cocoon on the sofa and knocked out today’s words. I’m writing what I think will end up being somewhere in the middle of the book (my story plan changes every time I sit down to write I swear) but it involved angrily shouting at a man in mutton chops outside of a Guildhall so it’s huge fun.

1465 words written. Total: 6952.

Favourite line written:

“When I quote you in my article,” her crisp diction echoed around the square, “would you prefer to be referred to as ‘bumbling’, ‘inept’ or just plain ‘corrupt’? You know what?” she held up a hand to stop his reply, “I’ll just use all three, and I might just throw in ‘bigoted’ for good measure. I’ll be sure to send you a copy when it’s printed.”

I think Greta might be my new favourite character…


7 thoughts on “Daily Updates – NaNoWriMo 2018 Week One

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  1. I love this idea! I’m working on writing vlogs, which should be interesting, and discovering that I too struggle to write on the weekends! I’m always so amped up when I come home and am READY TO WRITE, but am a bit of a slug on the weekend and don’t want to do anything.

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  2. This is a great format for posting about NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t sure how I could share about it on my blog… I didn’t want to write about it every day and bore my readers lol. Great post and good luck! Happy writing!

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